CJP Calls Imran Khan An ‘Extraordinary’ Citizen

CJP Calls Imran Khan An ‘Extraordinary’ Citizen

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar — while hearing a case regarding illegal felling of trees and encroachment of land in Bani Gala, brought to his notice by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan —termed Khan an ‘extraordinary citizen’ whose influence could help boost the morale of the country. “Your...

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When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going

When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going

It was a signature Younis Khan sweep that saw the ball rush to the third man boundary. The handful of Pakistani’s present in the stadium stood up for an ovation much deserved. The Pakistani camp all jubilant and so were all the millions back at home and all around the...

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Pakistan Cajoles Iran To Join Saudi Alliance

Pakistan Cajoles Iran To Join Saudi Alliance

ISLAMABAD:  Although it has the potential to derail Pakistan’s relationship with its key Muslim neighbor and have far-reaching strategic and domestic implications, the country’s civil and military authorities decided to join the Saudi-led military alliance with the hope that it may foster unity in the Islamic world. Towards this end,...

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Four FC Personnel Dies In Roadside Blast In Kech District

Four FC Personnel Dies In Roadside Blast In Kech District

At least four personnel of the Frontier Corps laid their lives and three others were injured when a remote-controlled bomb hit their vehicle in Balochistan’s Kech district on Sunday evening, DawnNews reported. A security official told DawnNews that unidentified miscreants targeted the convoy of Frontier Corps, a paramilitary force, in...

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PTI Seeks New Allies In Campaign For PM’s Resignation

PTI Seeks New Allies In Campaign For PM’s Resignation

Chaudhry Shujaat predicted that PM Sharif would tender his resignation soon after the formation of the JIT.

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World Bank To Help Build Peshawar-Kabul Highway

World Bank To Help Build Peshawar-Kabul Highway

WASHINGTON: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has urged the World Bank to finance a major project in the Pak-Afghan region, which could greatly enhance intra-regional trade. The project — Peshawar-Kabul highway — would not only link Peshawar with the Afghan capital but would also be a major commercial link between the...

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PPP-PTI Unity Sets Off Alarm Bells For PML-N

PPP-PTI Unity Sets Off Alarm Bells For PML-N

ISLAMABAD:  On Friday, most opposition parties seemed united inside parliament in their demand that PM Nawaz Sharif must resign in the wake of apex court’s verdict in Panamagate case – a situation that has rung alarm bells for the PML-N led government. It was for the first time that opposition...

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PIA’s Acting CEO Removed

PIA’s Acting CEO Removed

KARACHI: The acting chief executive officer of the Pakistan International Airlines, Bernd Hildenbrand, has been relieved of his charge and the airline’s chief financial officer Nayyar Hayat has been given the charge of acting CEO, it is learnt here reliably. According to highly placed sources, Mr Hildenbrand, a German national,...

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Indian Journalist Raises Tough Questions About Jadhav

Indian Journalist Raises Tough Questions About Jadhav

KARACHI: Simply but aptly titled “The mysterious Mr Jadhav”, well-known journalist Karan Thapar has written a hard-hitting article about the Indian spy who has been sentenced to death by a military tribunal in Pakistan. Karan Thapar The sub-head coined for the piece — published on Friday on the website of...

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Article 62 Ensures Clean Leadership At Top: Justice Khosa

Article 62 Ensures Clean Leadership At Top: Justice Khosa

ISLAMABAD: Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, who wrote a minority judgement in the Panama Papers case disqualifying Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has described Article 62 of the Constitution as a recipe for cleansing the fountainhead of the state’s authority and ensuring clean leadership at the top. Article 62 spells out qualifications...

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JIT Won’t Decide What SC Could Not: Zardari

JIT Won’t Decide What SC Could Not: Zardari

JHANG: There are two laws in the country — one is for the Sharifs and the other is for the poor, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said at a public gathering in Shah Jewana on Friday. Alluding to the prime minister’s family, Mr Bhutto-Zardari said there was no...

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Opposition Rattles PML-N, Renews Calls For PM’s Resignation In Parliament

Opposition Rattles PML-N, Renews Calls For PM’s Resignation In Parliament

Opposition parties on Friday ramped up the pressure against the ruling PML-N and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, demanding the premier’s resignation with one voice and protesting yesterday’s Supreme Court verdict on Panamagate in Parliament. The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), PPP and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) each held press conferences following a meeting of...

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Raheel Sharif Leaves For Saudi Arabia To Head Military Alliance: Reports

Raheel Sharif Leaves For Saudi Arabia To Head Military Alliance: Reports

Former army chief retired Gen Raheel Sharif has left for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to head a 41-nation military alliance, media reports said, quoting Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Friday. The reports claimed that Asif said the former chief of army staff was granted approval to serve as head...

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Four Soldiers Handed Over To Military For Court Martial In Murder Case

Four Soldiers Handed Over To Military For Court Martial In Murder Case

HYDERABAD: The Noori¬abad police on Thursday confirmed the handing over of four murder suspects to military authorities after their arrest and subsequent remand obtained from a civil judge. An FIR (21/17) was registered against the four personnel of a law enforcement agency after an incident of firing in which a...

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Ex-PM Gillani’s Son Charged In Ephedrine Scandal

Ex-PM Gillani’s Son Charged In Ephedrine Scandal

A special Anti-Narcotics Court on Friday indicted former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gillani’s son, Ali Musa, and 10 others in an ephedrine scandal which rocked the PPP government in March 2011. The protracted case revolves around two Pakistani pharmaceutical companies, Berlex and Danas, that allegedly used political connections to obtain...

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Imran Khan Announces PTI Rally In Islamabad Next Week For PM’s Resignation

Imran Khan Announces PTI Rally In Islamabad Next Week For PM’s Resignation

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan announced his party’s intention to hold a rally in Islamabad next Friday .

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Panamagate Judgement Leaves Ishaq Dar In Tight Spot

Panamagate Judgement Leaves Ishaq Dar In Tight Spot

Chairman NAB did not challenge that judgment of the Lahore High Court before the Supreme Court through any petition or appeal.

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Pakistan Looks For Survivable Second Strike Capability: Former Envoy

Pakistan Looks For Survivable Second Strike Capability: Former Envoy

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan does not want to match the Indian nuclear arsenal, but will do all it can to keep its deterrence credible, says a nuclear expert. “We are not talking of parity, we are looking for proportionality, we are looking for survivable second strike capability,” Pakistan’s former ambassador to the...

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Trade Associations See Stability After Panamagate Verdict

Trade Associations See Stability After Panamagate Verdict

KARACHI: The leaders of major trade associations heaved a sigh of relief at the Supreme Court’s verdict. They said it cleared the clouds of uncertainty that was causing an adverse impact on business activities for the past few weeks. Talking to Dawn, most businessmen sounded happy over the outcome. A...

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Are Agencies Tasked With Probing PM Up To The Task?

Are Agencies Tasked With Probing PM Up To The Task?

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court’s long-awaited verdict on the Panama Papers case has ordered a multi-agency probe against the incumbent prime minister. But apart from the two intelligence agencies, all the other institutions concerned have already shown an unwillingness to investigate the matter in the past. In its judgement, the SC...

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Imran, Zardari Demand PM’s Resignation: ‘What Is Nawaz Celebrating?’

Imran, Zardari Demand PM’s Resignation: ‘What Is Nawaz Celebrating?’

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, after the Supreme Court ruling on the Panamagate case, urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign for the duration of an investigation into how the Sharif family’s money was transferred to Qatar. “I demand Nawaz Sharif resign… Until the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) completes...

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JI, JUI-F Renege On Resolution against Mardan Lynching

JI, JUI-F Renege On Resolution against Mardan Lynching

ISLAMABAD: A day after the National Assembly resolved to insert safeguards into the blasphemy law, the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) and the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) reneged on their commitment. On Tuesday, the lower house had unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the brutal murder of Abdul Wali Khan University student Mashal Khan on...

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Full-Day Report: Panama Case Verdict Boosts KSE-100 By 1,140 Points

Full-Day Report: Panama Case Verdict Boosts KSE-100 By 1,140 Points

The Pakistan Stock Exchange has ended Thursday’s trading session on a positive note, with the benchmark KSE-100 index gaining 1,140 points, or 2.39 per cent, by the close of the trading session to reach 48,743.56. Following the Panama case verdict, the benchmark KSE-100 index reacted positively by momentarily surging more...

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Three Sisters Kill Man Booked For Blasphemy In Sialkot

Three Sisters Kill Man Booked For Blasphemy In Sialkot

SIALKOT: Three armed burqa-clad sisters on Wednesday shot dead a man near Sialkot after accusing him of committing blasphemy 13 years ago. Police managed to arrest the three suspects and identified them as Amna, Afshan and Razia. The incident took place in Nangal Mirza village, Pasrur tehsil. According to the...

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8 Militants Killed As Security Personnel Bust TTP Cell In Sheikhupura: CTD

8 Militants Killed As Security Personnel Bust TTP Cell In Sheikhupura: CTD

The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab police claimed to have busted a ‘big’ cell of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Sheikhupura on Wednesday. Eight suspected TTP militants were killed in the intelligence-based operation (IBO) carried out by CTD in Narang area of Sheikhupura. Two CTD officials were injured in the...

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PML-N All Smiles, PTI Silent Post-Verdict

PML-N All Smiles, PTI Silent Post-Verdict

While the PML-N was quick to tweet photos and statements of celebration after the Supreme Court verdict on Panamagate, there was relative silence in the PTI camp even an hour after the verdict, with no tweets or statements from major leaders. Still, through its official account, the PTI spun the...

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Panama Verdict: Supreme Court Orders To Form Joint Investigation Team (JIT)

Panama Verdict: Supreme Court Orders To Form Joint Investigation Team (JIT)

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered to form of a joint investigation team to continue probe into the Panamagate case saying there’s “insufficient evidence to remove Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.” The JIT has been given two months to complete the probe and the premier along with his two sons,...

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Pakistan, Iran Work To Heal Saudi Alliance Rift

Pakistan, Iran Work To Heal Saudi Alliance Rift

ISLAMABAD:  Iran’s Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost on Wednesday met army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa for the second time in over a month in an apparent effort by the two sides to iron out differences on Pakistan’s move to allow the former army chief to head the Saudi-led counter-terrorism alliance. Although,...

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India’s BSF Dismisses Soldier Who Complained Over ‘Sub-Standard’ Food

India’s BSF Dismisses Soldier Who Complained Over ‘Sub-Standard’ Food

NEW DELHI: The Border Security Force has dismissed the soldier who had complained about the sub-standard food being served to the security forces personnel. Officials said Tej Bahadur Yadav was sacked by BSF on the basis of a report of a staff court of inquiry. The inquiry, they said, found...

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Panamagate Verdict, Khan Instructs Party Leaders To Remain In Islamabad For Three Days

Panamagate Verdict, Khan Instructs Party Leaders To Remain In Islamabad For Three Days

He said that PTI spoke up for the people of Pakistan and clear the misconception that they do not care about corruption.

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NAB Arrests Man For Cheating Hundreds Of People

NAB Arrests Man For Cheating Hundreds Of People

ISLAMABAD: The National Account¬ability Bureau, Rawalpindi, has arrested a suspect involved in cheating hundreds of people in the name of ‘investment’. According to NAB, Abbas Haider Naqvi, Chief Executive of Karachi-based private firm Big Board Advisory Service, and four directors of the company committed offences of corruption and corrupt practices...

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DG FIA Takes Notice Of ‘Assault’ On Female Passengers At Islamabad Airport

DG FIA Takes Notice Of ‘Assault’ On Female Passengers At Islamabad Airport

Director General (DG) Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) Amlish Khan on Wednesday took notice of the alleged assault of two female passengers by an FIA official at Benazir Bhutto International Airport. According to the FIA report on the incident, Haseena Begum, along with her two daughters, was on her way to...

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Mashal Murder Case: SC Bars KP From Forming Judicial Commission To Probe Lynching

Mashal Murder Case: SC Bars KP From Forming Judicial Commission To Probe Lynching

The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday expressed its displeasure over Khyber Pakhtun¬khwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak initiating the process for formation of a judicial commission to probe the lynching of Mardan university student Mashal Khan last week. Hearing a suo motu case into the student’s brutal murder at the hands...

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Thar Officials Stop Sharing Data Of Children’s Deaths With Media

Thar Officials Stop Sharing Data Of Children’s Deaths With Media

MITHI: Two days after the Supreme Court took suo motu notice of unabated deaths of children in Tharparkar district due to malnutrition and unavailability of proper and adequate health facilities over the past couple of years, relevant officials have stopped sharing details of such cases with the media. After failing...

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Girl Set Ablaze By Her Grandfather, Brothers For ‘Honour’ In Gujrat

Girl Set Ablaze By Her Grandfather, Brothers For ‘Honour’ In Gujrat

GUJRAT: In yet another case of honour killing a girl died after being allegedly set ablaze by her maternal grandfather with the help of her three brothers and mother because she wanted to marry a man of her own choice. The incident took place at Sook Kalan village in Sadar...

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Trump Calls Erdogan, Seeks Support In Syria

Trump Calls Erdogan, Seeks Support In Syria

WASHINGTON: US Pres­dent Donald Trump has telephoned his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erd­ogan to congratulate him on his referendum victory and to discuss recent US missile attacks on Syria, the White House said. The brief statement — issued on Monday evening — underlines the US need for Turkey’s support for...

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UN Panel Raises Questions On Military Courts

UN Panel Raises Questions On Military Courts

“Pakistan continues to uphold provisions of the UN Convention… Its commitment to the protection of human rights precedes the ratification of the UN Charter.”

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IMF Projects Stable Growth In Pakistan

IMF Projects Stable Growth In Pakistan

ASHINGTON: The Inter­national Monetary Fund (IMF) projected on Tuesday that Pakistan’s economy will continue to grow at a healthy pace in 2017 and 2018. The World Economic Outlook, which precedes this week’s annual spring meeting of the IMF and the World Bank, also predicted a noticeable growth in the global...

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‘Negligent’ Power Ministry Officials Earn PM’s Wrath

‘Negligent’ Power Ministry Officials Earn PM’s Wrath

ISLAMABAD: As electricity shortfall crossed a record 7,000MW, an angered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered action against officials who failed to make advance planning for the season, causing problems to people. “Why didn’t they plan in advance keeping in mind low water availability in dams and severe weather conditions,” an...

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Wait’s Over: Panamagate Verdict Tomorrow

Wait’s Over: Panamagate Verdict Tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: Fingers are crossed and speculation is rife after the Supreme Court on Tuesday revealed that it would hand down an anxiously awaited verdict in the Panama Papers case tomorrow (Thursday). The judgement will be announced by a five-member larger bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, in the Courtroom...

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Senate Body Takes Notice Of ‘Fake’ Surgeon’s Photo

Senate Body Takes Notice Of ‘Fake’ Surgeon’s Photo

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on National Health Services (NHS) on Monday took notice of a picture circulating on the social media for over a year. In the picture, a man wearing a vest is shown conducting a surgery on a patient. The committee directed the Pakistan Medical and Dental...

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‘152 Facebook Pages Blocked For Featuring Blasphemous Content’

‘152 Facebook Pages Blocked For Featuring Blasphemous Content’

The interior ministry informed the National Assembly on Monday that 152 Facebook pages have been blocked for featuring blasphemous content. The written reply came to the question asked by MNA Sahibzada Tariq Ullah regarding action taken by the government against those involved in the posting of blasphemous content on social...

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Shah Rukh Khan Might Be In The Next Rush Hour

Shah Rukh Khan Might Be In The Next Rush Hour

Remember when filmmaker Brett Ratner met Shah Rukh Khan? The X-Men: The Last Stand director met with SRK at the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival where they talked, laughed and even danced. Ratner turned out to be a Shah Rukh fan as he hoped to work on a Rush...

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Ahmadi Killings: LHC Upholds Death Sentence

Ahmadi Killings: LHC Upholds Death Sentence

The Lahore High Court on Monday upheld death sentence of a convict and commuted other’s to life imprisonment for killing 94 people and leaving around 150 men and children injured during an attack on Ahmadis’ worship place in Model Town in 2010. A division bench headed by Justice Sadaqat Ali...

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Faisalabad University Suspends Teacher For ‘Sexually Harassing’ Female MPhil Student

Faisalabad University Suspends Teacher For ‘Sexually Harassing’ Female MPhil Student

The Government College University Faisalabad (GCUF) on Monday suspended as assistant professor for three months after an inquiry committee found him guilty of sexually harassing a female MPhil Organic Chemistry student. “Consequent upon the recommendation of the Sexual Harassment Committee, the vice chancellor… has been pleased to place Dr Nasir...

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Lawmakers Call For ‘Review’ Of Blasphemy Law

Lawmakers Call For ‘Review’ Of Blasphemy Law

ISLAMABAD:  The lynching of a student in Mardan by fellow students once again brought the blasphemy law to surface, with both houses of parliament calling for a “thoroughgoing review” of the legislation to stop its “misuse”. Mashal Khan, 23, was killed by a vigilante mob consisting of hundreds of university...

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Trump Aide’s Impromptu Visit May Renew Pressure On Pakistan

Trump Aide’s Impromptu Visit May Renew Pressure On Pakistan

Pakistan warns Trump’s generals: ‘Sort out Afghanistan mess or Russia will intervene’.

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Electricity Shortfall Widens To 6,000MW

Electricity Shortfall Widens To 6,000MW

ISLAMABAD: The electricity shortfall surged once again to about 6,000 megawatts on Monday as temperatures rose to 46-47 degrees Celsius in most of the southern region, resulting in unscheduled load shedding of 12-16 hours. Reports from various parts of the country suggested 7-9 hours of load shedding in major urban...

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Former TTP Spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan Has Turned Himself In: Pak Army

Former TTP Spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan Has Turned Himself In: Pak Army

Ehsan had said at the time that 70 to 80 percent of the TTP commanders and fighters had also joined the splinter group.

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